Reid Endorses Hillary — After Nevada Caucus Is Already Over

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Alex Pfeiffer White House Correspondent
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Nevada Sen. [crscore]Harry Reid[/crscore] announced Wednesday that he’s endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, saying, “I think she’s the woman to be the first president of the United States that’s a female.’

The announcement comes days after the Nevada Democratic Caucus, where Clinton won without Reid’s endorsement. Although Reid reportedly did push the Culinary Workers Union to turn out workers to caucus in an effort to support Clinton.

“I think the middle class would be better served by Hillary. I think my work with her over the years has been something I have looked at with awe,” said the Senate majority leader to CNN.

He added, “She’s a person who’s a very quick learner. All you need to do is look at what happened after 9-11. Gee, did she do a good job. She fought for New York, like I’ve never seen anyone fight for anything.”

Reid said that he let Sen. Bernie Sanders know about his plans to endorse Clinton over the phone, and that the Vermont senator was “so magnanimous, so kind and courteous.” It was Sanders’ decision to caucus with the Democrat Party in 2007 that gave Reid the title of “majority leader.”

Previously, Sen. Reid had suggested that the Democratic nomination process could continue until the July convention.

He did not repeat that statement when talking to CNN, saying, “I don’t know about that, you know I had some meetings today and I think the race is moving along very quickly so we’ll have to see, we’ll have to see what happens next month.”